When I Attended a Transhumanist Party

When I attended a Transhumanist party

With the cream of the literati,

Some random old guy

Said, “I’m an AI!”.

And cyborgs danced at that party.

8 thoughts on “When I Attended a Transhumanist Party

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      It is an interesting philosophy, Liz. Indeed some might say that Transhumanism is to many (if not all) of its adherents a kind of secular religion. Rather than living eternally in heaven one can (according to their philosophy) achieve immortality through the use of technology. Interestingly one of their key figures (the inventor Ray kurzweil) created the first reading machine for the blind, the Kurzweil scanner. I remember using mine to read printed books. You would place them on a scanner which would then convert the text into speech.

    2. K Morris Poet Post author

      I also have my doubts, Liz. However, it is undoubtedly the case that the average life-span (in the western world at least), has greatly increased in the 20th and 21st centuries. How far that life-span can be increased via the manipulation of genes and other medical interventions remains very much up for debate I think. There is also the question of quality of life. One may live to a ripe (perhaps a very ripe old age), but suffer from dimencia.


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